It is safe to say that Deion Sanders is excited about his Jackson State football program.
A legendary defensive back both at the college and NFL level in his playing days, Sanders is now a college football head coach. Sanders is running the show at Jackson State, an FCS program in Mississippi.
Sanders has long been one of the greatest characters in football history. Don’t expect that to change at Jackson State, a program that Sanders believes will help cut down on crime and teen pregnancies.
Deion Sanders had a legendary NFL career
Deion Sanders was always must-see television, whether he was playing football or baseball.
The fifth overall pick in 1989, Sanders snagged 53 interceptions, forced 10 fumbles, recovered another 19 fumbles, and scored 10 defensive touchdowns in 14 NFL seasons. Sanders scored nine touchdowns on special teams.
A dynamic two-way player, Sanders also hauled in 60 catches for 784 yards and three touchdowns.
Sanders earned eight Pro Bowl nods and six first-team All-Pro selections. The 1994 Defensive Player of the Year, Sanders won two Super Bowl rings, one with the San Francisco 49ers and another with the Cowboys.
Sanders entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Sanders is now the head coach at Jackson State
In the span of a few months, Deion Sanders went from talking about the NFL on television to preparing to coach on the sidelines.
Sanders already coached at the high school level, mentoring his son Sheduer at Trinity Christian School in Texas. But in the fall of 2020, Neon Deion got a fascinating opportunity.
Jackson State hired Sanders, who had never coached at the college level, as its new head football coach. During the early signing period in December, Deion signed his son, Sheduer, as the Tigers’ quarterback of the future.
Another of Sanders’ sons is coming to Jackson State. South Carolina cornerback Shilo Sanders announced in December that he is transferring to JSU.
Shilo had 32 tackles and a pass breakup for the Gamecocks last year. He played last season as a redshirt freshman and is immediately eligible to play for his father at the FCS level.
Deion Sanders believes his team will help reduce teen pregnancies
Incoming coaches often talk about wanting to build a new culture and set a different standard.
The same holds true for Deion Sanders, although his ideas of the ideal Jackson State culture go beyond going “1-0 each day.”
In a recent appearance on the David Banner Podcast, Sanders shared his belief that his Jackson State program will “provoke change in every aspect of that community.”
“I expect the crime rate to go down, my brother. I expect teenage pregnancy to decrease. I expect unity. I expect the white, the Black, the Hispanic, the Asian, everyone to see each other at a game and strike up conversations they wouldn’t normally have.”
Neon Deion is undoubtedly thinking big, and that is good news for the Jackson State fanbase. Sanders will need to do more than think big if he is to secure Jackson State’s first winning season since 2013.